Missouri Pork Expo brought some focus on reaching out to 4-H and FFA swine exhibitors. Session included helping young exhibitors learn about reducing the risks of animal health issues, proper use of medication, and developing awareness on animal welfare programs.
On the topic of Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), Dr. Dave Pyburn, National Pork Board, talks about working with smaller producers to help them understand the changes coming January 1, 2017 that all producers, big and small, must plan for.
And the topic of BBQ, "Let’s Talk BBQ" by Steve Demaray, Lynch Livestock, shared how the event of a BBQ helps build community. And for the cooking enthusiast, Mr. Demaray shared choosing wood, meat cut selection, and understanding proper "saucing".
Antibiotic Update Dr. Dave Pyburn, National Pork Board, points out the changes around the Veterinary Feed Directive is a big change and that planning now is very important. His one key message: "Be Ready" for the new antibiotic changes and stay informed on VFD and related regulations [video].
Recognition, Prevention and Control of Swine Diseases Dr. Bryan Myers, Pipestone Veterinary Clinic, presents on how to identify, prevent, and control swine diseases in pig barns. Dr. Myers states planning is key to help handle issues when they occur. Dr. Myers details step by step actions barn managers and staff should have in their plans [video].
Keeping Records for your Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Permit Michael Heaton, Environmental Scientist, Missouri DNR, opens with the comment that many farm operations he sees have trouble keeping records. Keeping records are important to help protect the environment, farm operations are more likely to fix issues when written down, and the law demands the information to help improve the large picture of farming and agriculture [video].
Managing Water Quality on the Farm Mary Foy, Proxy Clean, talks about water, quality, and animal health. Ms. Foy highlights the core issues where water is part of the problem. Ms. Foy details steps to better understand the water quality and how to diagnose issues with water [video].